"I was told I had arrived when, during the shooting of The Searchers (1956), they gave me almost as much ammunition as they gave John Wayne.
I love doing motion pictures and expect to be as busy as I want to be in them.
The idea of making pictures abroad is exciting when you`re in Hollywood and have never worked in foreign countries. You think you`ll get to see the sights and have all the fun that goes with traveling. Actually, you spend so much time on the job that you don`t do much else.
I was warned not to do it. Actors who play Jesus are supposed to have a hard time getting other roles to follow, but I felt this was a myth. After all, how can you be typecast as Christ?
With all the weird surroundings of outer space the basic underlying theme of the show is a philosophical approach to man`s relationship to woman. There are both sexes in the crew, in fact, the first officer is a woman.
You try to get the feel of any role, but it`s much more difficult in the case of Christ because everyone has their own personal image of Him. It`s a role you take on, knowing that no matter how you play it, you are going to disappoint many.
There just aren`t that many Jesus roles around.
We had to be parents by long distance, which is far from satisfactory.
I was notified on July 17 to be ready to start August 7 for an October air date. When we reached the screen we did not have a single segment ready. It was done so fast the writers never got a chance to know what it was all about.
I doubt if the public thought of me as Christ when they next saw me as Temple Houston on television.
When it comes to turning out movies, I`m for Hollywood.